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New Villa boss McLeish wants to keep Liverpool, Arsenal target Downing

Alex McLeish does not want Aston Villa to sell Stewart Downing.

The Sun says McLeish will launch his own battle to keep winger Downing, who is wanted by Arsenal and Liverpool.

Villa are resigned to Ashley Young joining Manchester United for £22m.

But they remain upbeat about keeping Downing, 26, despite the winger going public on his desire to play Champions League football.

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